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Mergers - Acquisitions - Takeovers / Catalis N.V.: Catalis N.V. signs "LoI" to acquire competitor in Poland

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17.04.2005

Eindhoven, April 18, 2005 - On April 15, 2005 Catalis N.V. has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire 100% of the shares of competitor Check Disc Europe, Warsaw, Poland. It is targeted to close the transaction within two months.

As part of the transaction Testronic Laboratories Ltd., London, a 100% subsidiary of Catalis N.V., will assume operating responsibility for Check Disc Europe from today, 18th of April, 2005. Therefore Check Disc Europe’s entire activity will positively contribute to Catalis N.V.’s´ group results with immediate effect.

Through the transaction Catalis N.V. will increase its capacity in Europe by more than 25% and in parallel benefit from significant cost advantages. Catalis N.V. does not rule out to transfer production partly from London to Poland in the medium term and expects cost benefits to materialize as early as 2005.

Parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. Catalis N.V. is financing the acquisition from operating cash flows.

end of announcement                                euro adhoc 18.04.2005 07:30:00
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Further inquiry note: Sarah McTweed Catalis N.V. (UK Office) Eastside Complex Pinewood Studios Pinewood Road Iver, Buckinghamshire UK SL0 0NH Tel No:+ 44 (0)1753 783330 Fax No: + 44 (0)1753 783332

Branche: Semiconductors & active components
ISIN:      NL0000233625
WKN:        927093
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Börsen:  Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse / regulated dealing
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